Outdoors

Fishing report for July 26

Mineral Lake near Elbe is a popular summer fishing destination.
Mineral Lake near Elbe is a popular summer fishing destination. chill@thenewstribune.com

SALT WATER

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports anglers are catching salmon by trolling near the Girl Scout Camp on Vashon Island, Point Dalco and the Clay Banks. Jigging it expected to improve. Crabbing is open but slow.

North Sound: The western San Juan Islands area is closing to recreational shrimp fishing starting Thursday at 9 p.m. because the recreational spot shrimp quota for the area has been reached. Marine areas 4, 5, and 6 (with the exception of Discovery Bay) remain open.

Westport: John Keizer of Salt Patrol reported catching a pair of kings and said the best action was 12 miles southwest of the harbor mouth in 270 feet of water. He trolled with Scotty downriggers at 240 feet. His report from the weekend said, “Westport was rough fishing the past couple of days. There were nice fish caught but the full moon and wind made it tougher than it has been. Looks like a big blow coming in this week through the weekend. Look closely at the forecast before you go.”

RIVERS

Cispus: Last week, Tacoma Power released 133 spring chinook adults and 40 spring chinook jacks near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

Columbia: This year’s fish return forecasts predict 960,2000 chinook and 322,600 coho. The chinook return would be 136 percent of normal (705,600) over the past decade. The coho return would be 73 percent of normal (441,400). Legal sturgeon were caught last week between Woodland and Cathlamet. Anglers caught walleye near Camas, Washougal and Woodland.

Cowlitz: Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 425 spring chinook adults, 86 jacks, 32 mini-jacks, 797 summer-run steelhead and two cutthroat at the salmon hatchery separator. Released last week were 213 spring chinook adults and 33 spring chinook jacks at Packwood’s Franklin Bridge. Last week’s creel check data from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife showed 59 boat anglers kept 30 steelhead and released two fish. Thirty-three bank anglers kept two adult spring chinook and two steelhead. Almost all of the steelhead were sampled at the trout hatchery.

Lewis: Starting Monday, the main stem will be open to fishing for hatchery chinook and hatchery coho. All other salmon must be released. The salmon daily limit will be six with a two-adult maximum.

LAKES

Mayfield: Tacoma Power recently released 4,000 rainbow trout and plans to release another 4,000 soon.

Mineral: Doreen Douglas of Mineral Lake Resort says fishing is exceptional with anglers catching rainbows and browns using a variety of methods. Wedding rings with worms and Power Bait of various colors have all done the job. “It hasn’t been one particular thing,” Douglas said. “It has been multiple colors and lengths of leader lines.”

Offut: Worms are doing well for those trying to catch bass and perch, according to Offut Lake Resort staff. As water temperatures have climbed, trout fishing has slowed. Action has been best in the early morning.

Riffe: Try trolling with a pink hoochie at a depth of 50-60 feet in 100 feet of water.

Spanaway: Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boathouse says the pressure has been light and the fish are deep. He recommends still fishing and using worm with a marshmallow.

Tanwax: Largemouth bass and perch are biting, according to recent reports.

Eastern Washington: Lake Wenatchee opened last week for sockeye fishing. Bass fishing has been good in the Potholes reservoir while walleye angling is expected to improve.

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